Visitors Procedures and Covid Update March 2022

Every individual living at the mount can nominate up to 5 named visitors who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits.

To reduce the risk of infection the people we support can have no more than 2 visitors at a time or over the course of one day (Unless visiting outside up to a maximum of five people).

The named visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests, should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing and follow all other infection prevention and control measures during visits. Named visitors can carry out personal care and come into close contact provided they complete a lateral flow test that is negative and have no covid symptoms, wear gloves, apron and mask provided by Rebecca Homes Ltd.

Named visitors and the people we support are advised to keep physical contact to a minimum. Visitors and the people we support may wish to hold hands, but should bear in mind that any physical contact increases the risk of transmission and PPE will need to be worn provided by Rebecca Homes Ltd, apron, masks and gloves.

PPE is not required if visiting outside using the outside beach shed area (not inside the beach shed) seating is provided and a two-meter distance is maintained. If not wearing PPE please do not share the beach shed room with your relative. All visitors are welcome to sit inside the beach shed whilst making drinks, waiting for their relative, waiting for a lateral flow test result, they can use all facilities in there such as massage chair and watch the TV. If wanting to see relative inside the beach shed area masks will need to be worn and if touching gloves and apron.

To support effective infection prevention and control in care homes, named visitors:

  • should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests in line with their testing regime detailed below and produce a negative COVID test prior to their visit and if comes back positive to go home and request a PCR test. (Visitors are welcome to wait in their cars or in the beach shed or outside seating whilst waiting for the lateral flow test result). It is advised not to let relative know of visitors arrival until after a negative lateral flow test result. Tests to be done at the care home.
  • temperature to be taken by staff and recorded in the visitors book if temperature over 38 degrees to not commence the visit. (Thermometers are in the beach shed and outside the beach shed).
  • should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing and follow all other infection prevention and control measures during visits if close contact or visiting inside.
  • Other friends or family members (the non named 5 visitors) can visit provided the visit is either in the mobile home with the screen in between visitor using the opposite entrance to the person we support. Visitor enters the mobile home at the far end where the of the caravan. Or alternatively of which is preferred and safer to use the covered over outside heating area next to the beach shed keeping a two meter distance.
  • Please note the mobile home has to be pre booked. Also all visits indoor or outdoor have to be pre booked to enable safety as we cant have to many visitors at the same time.

All visitors to lateral flow test on arrival and use the anti bacterial gel.

Visitors can help themselves to drinks in the beach shed. It is preferred visitor’s to use the outside facilities and sit outside and if need be use the outdoor heaters next to the beach shed where the outside covered over area is this is safer for everyone. Also to use the outside toilet allocated for the beach shed area.

There is PPE in the beach shed and in the mobile home and lateral flow tests, this is for visitors use, the people we support use, staff use and contractors and anyone else such as professionals visiting.

Please make yourself at home in the visitors areas we have tried to make them as homely and comfortable as possible.

Contractors and visitors to wash hands on arrival and use alcohol hand sanitiser between each room or area visited Rebecca Homes provides the hand sanitiser. Follow NHS posters displayed on walls how to sanitise and wash hands correctly. This is essential to prevent the spread of infection.

Added 27.03.22 If an outbreak in the care home two or more staff or visitors with covid

Then visits are only permitted outside keeping a two meter distance

Or in the caravan with the middle door closed and the room ventilated and one person to sit one side of the screen the other to sit the other side of the screen.

Visiting professionals can still visit such as inspector as long as wear full ppe. Plus LF test before hand and temperature below 38 degrees and no covid symptoms. Contractors and trainers and community support should be cancelled until all clear after day 10 of whole home testing.

LF tests should be done in front of staff for all visitors or at the care home because if not completed there the test may not have been done correctly or an old test. Also staff should be confident and show people how to test using the tests the care home has. Tests to be stored in the beach shed. Temperature also to be taken.

No over night stays at home without a full risk assessment completed the risk assessment could come out high risk so visit may not go ahead. Depends if PCR negative within the last 48 hours and LF tested the client daily and no covid symptoms and isolate themselves. Plus how many and who has covid in the care home.

Contractors and staff no longer need to provide proof of vaccine however must wear masks.

Contractors and visitors to wash hands on arrival and use alcohol hand sanitiser between each room or area visited Rebecca Homes provides the hand sanitiser. Follow NHS posters displayed on walls how to sanitise and wash hands correctly. This is essential to prevent the spread of infection.

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